• 85,000 bananas from Milagros for the Bio Brotbox campaign

    For this year’s Bio Brotbox campaign, BioTropic donated around 85,000 bananas from Milagros in the Dominican Republic in total.
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  • Mangos from Senegal: From harvest to export crate

    Our buyer, David Buitenhuis recently visited Senegal for the first time. There he visited the Buur Sine Cooperative, which supplies its organic mangoes to BioTropic.
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  • Naturkost West visits BioTropic suppliers in Spain

    It just goes to show: the close cooperation between BioTropic and the organic wholesaler Naturkost West has a lot of advantages. As Lisa Murkisch, fruit and vegetables buyer at Naturkost West, can confirm after visiting BioTropic’s Spanish office. Whilst she was there, Lisa also got to know the local manufacturers and their products.
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  • BioTropic takes over the Meckenheim apple grower's farm

    The agricultural operations will be turned into a Demeter-standard organic farm over the next few years.
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  • Sascha Suler on Tour in South America

    Our Operations Manager of BioTropic Duisburg, Sascha Suler, visited our agricultural projects in Costa Rica and in the Dominican Republic to get an idea of the conditions on site.
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  • Film: A Journey to Apulia and Calabria with BioTropic

    We again followed the origin of our Italian fruit and vegetables and took a few organic store owners with us on our trip, while employees of organic wholesaler Rinklin were also there. Our journey led us into the regions of Apulia and Calabria, two areas at the country’s “boot heel”.
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  • BioTropic at Moroccan eco-pioneer PBS

    As is the case every year in the autumn, a few of our employees packed their bags and travelled to Morocco to “Primeurs Biologiques du Souss” (PBS). There they met owner Lahcen El Hjouji and his son Mehdi. PBS is the largest employer in the region for organic fruit and vegetables.
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  • “SmartFresh”: when your apple is one year old…

    The apples on the supermarket shelves are at their crispest, and are one thing above all: naturally fresh. But even months later some apples look as good as new. How is that possible?
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  • Organic apples from overseas – environmentally friendly?

    Why an organic apple from overseas is preferable to a conventional apple.
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  • High-tech mango ripening & sorting facilities at BioTropic

    Finally we are ready: Our four mango ripening chambers and our new mango sorting machine are installed at BioTropic’s main site in Duisburg!
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BioTropic visits growers in South America

In November we visited Argentina and Chile to talk to our organic trade partners here. We get organic kiwi, garlic, pumpkins, plums, apples as well as pears from them. Ronald Vianen, the manager of our Dutch BioTropic branch as well as his colleague Joep van Koevorden, visited the area. Here they not only discussed the predicted harvest forecasts, planned delivery quantities or prices for the next season but also worked on developing a very good personal business relationship.

Work tools for Ivoire Organics

Modern agricultural work tools were loaded and sent on their journey at the start of November as part of the PPP programme in order to support the development of organic farming in Côte d’Ivoire. The sea freight container is now on its way to the Port of Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and will arrive there at the end of November. With these supporting work tools, the cooperative association Ivoire Organics will be able to cultivate the land more economically and thus achieve greater harvests in the long term.

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Moroccan organic goods now available

Whilst it is slowly getting colder in Europe, it is now peak season for many organic vegetables at the Moroccan organic producer PBS (Primeurs Biologiques du Souss). A first shipping from the new harvest will soon be on its way to Europe: the first thing that PBS will delivering are chillies and red and yellow organic peppers in mid-November.

BioTropic introduces organic pomegranates from Söke in Turkey

The pomegranate is a very old crop plant, which was even cultivated in ancient Egyptian gardens. Originally native to the area between Iran and India, the pomegranate has been grown and appreciated in the Mediterranean regions for a long time. In the ancient world, the fruit was known as a symbol of fertility because of its many seed kernels and in biblical paradise it is said to have been the apple from the tree of knowledge. Pomegranates are one of the more nutritious types of fruit. They contain many antioxidants, potassium and B-vitamins.

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